Chad Hunt Avery was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He was an environmental advocate who inspired the passion for nature to his three sons and grandchildren. The Avery family spent many summers and weekends hiking, camping, kayaking and fishing .They enjoyed having time together in their cottage at Three Mile Lake.
Chad graduated from Southern Illinois University with a BS in Forestry and a MS in Environmental Education from Aurora University. At Western University he worked as an arborist and an adjunct professor, developing his own curriculum in Environmental Studies. He also helped develop the preservation projects on the Asylum Lake Prairie.
He was a man who invited conversation and enjoyed talking to everyone he met. Chad was self-learner. A man of great enthusiasm and big dreams who enjoyed many hobbies. He started his woodworking business in Maple Park, Illinois and continued it in Paw Paw, Michigan as Heartwood Saw Mill. He and his family worked together bottling syrup from their maple trees and selling that syrup and chicken eggs at local markets.
Chad was born in Harvey, Illinois on May 1, 1953 to the late Charles William and Elise Hunt Avery. He died on April 24, 2020 in Paw Paw, Michigan after a short illness, surrounded by his family and friends. He met his future wife Sue McGuire Avery when he was 16 and they spent 50 years together.
He is loved and remembered by his wife: Sue Avery and children: Justin (Kim) Avery; Aaron Avery (Carolyn Knapper); Ethan Avery (Rebecca Dillenbeck) grandchildren: Liam and Brody; Juliet and Remington
sisters in law and brother in law: Pam and (Dave) Leehaug; Shelly McGuire, brother: Craig (Mary Ann) Avery and their daughter: Elizabeth(Leanna Morris)nephews and nieces: Coner and Tyler, Kelly(Greg), Michael(Gabby) and Matthew(Stephanie).
Chad was preceded in death by his parents: Charles William and Elise , In Laws Betty and Edward McGuire and Brother in Law Edward Michael McGuire. Chad will be greatly missed by all.
Please join us on Saturday, August 1st, 2020 to share memories of Chad at Maple Lake Amphitheater Paw Paw, MI, 49079 at 12’ oclock to 2pm.